Gardner Earns 300th Career Win In Victory Over Valpo
March 9, 2014
BOISE, Idaho – Indiana softball head coach Michelle Gardner picked up her 300th career win this afternoon after the Hoosiers defeated Valparaiso 3-1 in their final game of the SpringHill Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho. Coach Gardner is now 300-345-1 (.464) in her coaching career with a 113-169-1 (.399) at the helm in Indiana. IU finished the weekend 3-2 to improve to 5-16-1 on the year.
Indiana connected on nine hits against the Crusaders, with seven different Hoosiers tallying hits in the contest. Brianna Meyer lead the way at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI-single and a run scored. Michelle Huber and Kassi Farmer also drove in runs for Indiana this afternoon. Breanna Saucedo singled to extend her reached base streak to eight consecutive games.
Brooke Boetjer started the first 3.2 innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits while striking out three. Lora Olson (2-7) finished the game to become pitcher of record, tossing 3.1 shutout innings with just two Valpo hits and a pair of strikeouts.
The Hoosiers opened the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Breanna Saucedo reached on a fielding error and made her way to third on a single by Meyer. A one-out walk loaded the bases for Farmer who came through with an RBI-base hit to right to put her team ahead 1-0. Huber followed with another single to left. The hit drove in Meyer and gave Indiana a two run lead over Valpo.
Saucedo started the second inning with her first single of the game and advanced to second on her eighth stolen base of the season. Meyer would bring her around to score on a single up the middle, putting IU on top 3-0.
Valpo added a run in the fourth, sending Olson in to take over in the circle. The junior would shutout the Crusaders the rest of the way to help the Hoosiers to their third straight win.
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